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Lhasa Tour

Shalu to Narthang Trek: A Journey Along Tibet’s Ancient Monastic Route

Experience the Historic Shalu to Narthang Trek

  • Embark on a journey that traces the ancient trade route between two significant Buddhist monasteries: Shalu and Narthang. This trek not only takes you through the picturesque landscapes of Tibet but also connects you with the region’s rich religious history.
  • As you walk this historic path, imagine the caravans that once traversed here, laden with sacred scriptures and treasured artefacts, contributing to the cultural exchange between the monasteries.

Discover the Route’s Unique Terrain

  • The trek meanders through a variety of landscapes, from quaint villages brimming with local culture to uninhabited dry canyons that showcase Tibet’s rugged natural beauty.
  • Despite its historical significance, this trek is known for being the shortest in Tibet, making it an ideal choice for those seeking a moderate trekking experience.

Tailor Your Trek

  • With a total duration of approximately 15 hours of walking, the trek can be comfortably divided over 2 or 3 days, depending on your physical fitness and preference.
  • This flexibility allows trekkers to pace themselves and fully enjoy the scenic beauty and cultural insights the route offers.

Best Season for Trekking

  • The ideal time for embarking on the Shalu to Narthang trek spans from early April to late October. During these months, the weather conditions are most favourable, enhancing the trekking experience with clear skies and a pleasant climate.

Embrace the Spirit of Tibetan Trekking The Shalu to Narthang trek is more than just a physical journey; it’s a spiritual and cultural exploration. Trekking this ancient route offers a unique opportunity to connect with Tibet’s monastic heritage and immerse oneself in the serene beauty of the Tibetan landscape.

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Tibetan Trekking Adventure: Shalu Nartang and Lhasa Cultural Experience

Day 1: Arrival in Lhasa – The Gateway to Tibetan Culture

  • Welcome to Lhasa: Receive a warm welcome upon arrival and transfer to your hotel. Enjoy the scenic drive along the Yarlong Tsangpo River, with Tibetan cultural landmarks like Big Buddha engravings and prayer flags.
  • Acclimatization and Exploration: Spend the day acclimatizing to the high altitude and exploring the local area in Lhasa.

Day 2: Immersive Lhasa Tour – Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple

Morning: Majestic Potala Palace

  • Begin your day at the iconic Potala Palace, the historic winter residence of the Dalai Lama. Dating back to the 7th century, this architectural marvel houses invaluable treasures, including the gilded burial stupas of past Dalai Lamas and the meditation cave of Tibet’s 33rd king.

Afternoon: Spiritual Jokhang Temple and Vibrant Barkhor Street

  • After lunch, visit the sacred Jokhang Temple, which was established in the 7th century. Witness the revered statue of Buddha Sakyamuni and observe devout pilgrims in their spiritual practice.
  • Stroll around Barkhor Street, engaging in kora with pilgrims, exploring the bustling old market, and immersing yourself in the local culture.
  • Enjoy Tibetan tea in a traditional tea house and savour a welcome dinner.

Day 3: Discovering Lhasa’s Prestigious Monasteries – Drepung and Sera

Morning: Drepung Monastery Exploration

  • Visit Drepung Monastery, the largest in Tibet, founded in 1416. Located at the base of Gambo Utse Mountain, this monastery once housed over 10,000 monks. Discover the largest monastery kitchen, and witness the art of Buddhist sculpture carving nearby.

Afternoon: Insights into Sera Monastery

  • After lunch, proceed to Sera Monastery, established in 1419. The monastery is famous for its monk debates in the courtyard, a vibrant display of Tibetan academic tradition.
  • Explore the Rock Painting of Buddha, sand Mandalas, and the Tibetan scripture printing house within the monastery premises.

Embarking on a Cultural and Spiritual Journey in Lhasa

This two-day itinerary offers a deep dive into Lhasa’s rich spiritual heritage, exploring iconic monasteries and cultural landmarks. From the historic grandeur of Potala Palace to the lively debates at Sera Monastery, each experience brings you closer to understanding Tibet’s profound religious and cultural fabric.

Day 4: Journey from Lhasa to Gyantse via Scenic Expedition Yamdrok Lake

Morning: Drive from Lhasa to Shigatse

  • Begin your day with a scenic drive from Lhasa to Shigatse, traversing the Gampala Pass at 4790m. This route offers mesmerizing views of the turquoise Yamdrok Lake, revered as one of Tibet’s three holy lakes.
  • Along the way, experience the grandeur of the Korola Glacier and take part in a spiritual practice by hanging a prayer flag at Simila Mountain Pass, blending in with the local traditions.

Cultural Exploration in Gyantse

  • Arrive in Gyantse, a town rich in heritage and tradition. Explore its ancient streets to get a glimpse of local life and history.
  • Visit the renowned Palcho Monastery, known for its religious diversity and the unique coexistence of different Tibetan Buddhist sects within one compound.
  • Climb the Kumbum Stupa, an architectural marvel, offering breathtaking panoramic views of the formidable Gyantse Fortress.
  • Conclude your day with a drive to the historically significant Shalu Monastery, an important centre for Buddhist teachings.

Evening: Camping Near Shalu Monastery

  • Settle in for an overnight camping experience near Shalu Monastery. This serene setting allows you to connect with the tranquil Tibetan landscapes and reflect on the day’s spiritual journey.

Embark on this enlightening journey from Lhasa to Gyantse, immersing yourself in the spiritual and natural beauty of Tibet’s sacred sites and landscapes.

Day 5: Trekking from Shalu to Upper Lungsang – Immersing in Tibetan Culture and Nature

Embark on a Memorable Trek

  • Start your day with an adventurous trek from Shalu Monastery to Upper Lungsang, situated at an elevation of 4060 meters.
  • Traverse through the scenic Ripu hermitage, the serene Phunup village, and cross the Showa-la pass, immersing yourself in the captivating landscapes of Tibet.
  • Experience firsthand the rustic charm of Tibetan countryside life and engage with local communities to witness their Buddhist traditions.

Overnight Camping Experience

  • Spend your night camping at Upper Lungsang, an opportunity to connect with nature under the starlit Tibetan sky.
  • Meals Included: A full day of meals – breakfast, lunch, and dinner, offering a taste of local Tibetan cuisine.

Day 6: Trek from Upper Lungsang to Shigatse via Ngor and Narthang Monasteries

Continuing the Trekking Journey

  • Resume your trekking adventure, passing through verdant pastoral fields on your way to the historical Ngor village.
  • Explore the Ngor Monastery, renowned for its unique murals and rich religious history.
  • Cross the scenic Char-la pass at 4550 meters, following an ancient trade route that offers a glimpse into Tibet’s past.

Arrival in Shigatse

  • Complete your trek with a visit to the Nartang Monastery, a journey through picturesque villages and captivating landscapes.
  • After the trek, drive to Shigatse, the second-largest city in Tibet, where you will spend the night and unwind from the day’s explorations.
  • Meals Included: Breakfast and lunch, providing nourishment and energy for your trekking endeavours.

Experience the Essence of Tibetan Trekking

These two days of trekking from Shalu to Upper Lungsang and then to Shigatse via Ngor and Narthang Monasteries offer a unique blend of cultural immersion, natural beauty, and historical exploration, enriching your Tibetan adventure.

Day 7: Return Journey to Lhasa with Tashilhunpo Monastery Visit

Cultural Exploration in Shigatse

  • Drive back to Lhasa from Shigatse, visiting the grand Tashilhunpo Monastery, known for its impressive gilded copper image of Buddha Jampa.
  • Travel along the Friendship Highway, soaking in the diverse Tibetan landscapes.
  • Overnight Stay: Lhasa.
  • Meals Included: Breakfast.

Day 8: Farewell to Tibet

Departure from Lhasa

  • Conclude your enlightening Tibetan journey with a transfer to Lhasa’s airport or train station.
  • Reflect on the enriching experiences and memories created during your tour.

Embark on a Journey of Discovery This tour uniquely combines cultural insights, scenic beauty, and trekking adventures in Tibet, offering an unforgettable experience in the heart of this mystical land. From the spiritual wonders of Lhasa to the tranquil trails of Shalu Monastery, each day unfolds a new layer of Tibet’s rich heritage and natural splendour.

Prices and Services

What’s included in this price?

  • Travel Documents: Includes all necessary Tibet travel and approval documents.
  • Attraction Tickets: All itinerary attraction tickets are covered.
  • Guide and Driver: Experienced English-speaking Tibetan guide and driver.
  • Accommodation: Standard rooms in three-star hotels, upgrades available.
  • Transport: Local travel and airport/train station transfers included.
  • Meals: Hotel-provided buffet breakfasts.
  • Insurance: Travel accident insurance for the trip.
  • Driver & Guide Expenses: Their meals, accommodation, and travel costs.

What’s excluded in this price?

  • Single Room Fee: Additional cost for single room occupants.
  • Visa Costs: For Chinese visa or group visa from Kathmandu.
  • Major Transport: Flights and trains to/from Tibet (booking service available).
  • Other Meals: Meals beyond the provided breakfasts.
  • Tips: Optional for guides and drivers.
  • Unforeseen Expenses: Costs from force majeure events or personal reasons.
  • Personal Spending: Anything not listed in the included fees.

Tibet Entry Letter Processing

  • Who Needs to Apply:  Foreign tourists, Taiwan
  • Required Documents: Passport, Chinese visa, Home Return Card for Taiwanese.
  • Application Fee: Free for group participants.
  • Processing Time: 7-14 working days. Submit applications at least 1 month in advance.

Altitude and Altitude Sickness

  • Elevations: Lhasa (3,600m), Shigatse (3,800m), Everest (5,200m), Namtso (4,900m)
  • Health Considerations: Assess your health, especially if you have mobility issues, high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, or asthma.
  • Adaptation: Usually takes 1-3 days. Inform your guide in case of severe discomfort.

Elevation of Major Cities in Tibet

Tibetan Toilets

  • Urban Hotels: Western-style toilets, clean and hygienic.
  • Scenic Areas: Mostly flush squat toilets; some non-flush dry toilets.
  • Remote Areas: Squat toilets in towns and hotels; find natural cover in uninhabited areas.

Tibet Weather and Clothing

  • Climate: Variable weather with significant day-night temperature differences. Rainy in summer, sunny in other seasons.
  • Dressing Method: Layered clothing is recommended. Adjust layers according to the season and weather.

Transportation to Tibet

  • Train: Qinghai-Tibet Railway; limited sleepers, difficult to book in peak season.
  • Flight: Direct flights to Lhasa or Nyingchi; altitude sickness similar to train travel. Off-season airfare discounts were available.

Tibetan Food

  • Variety: Chinese, Western, Tibetan, and Nepalese options available in cities.
  • Tibetan Cuisine: Distinct flavour, different from mainland Chinese food.
  • Vegetarian Options: Available in cities and during travel.
  • Meals: Only hotel breakfast is included in the tour fee. Other meals are at your discretion.

Value for Money

A Journey Worth Every Penny

The journey you embark on with us is more than just a trip; it’s an experience of a lifetime. While we believe that such an adventure is beyond any price tag, we also understand the importance of value for those planning their dream tour.

Compare and Contrast

for the Best Deal

 When evaluating tour options, it’s crucial to compare apples to apples. Our tours are meticulously crafted to provide a comprehensive experience of Tibet’s rich culture, profound history, and breathtaking beauty, all at a price that’s as reasonable as it is rewarding.

Save More

with Group Travel

One of the best strategies to make the most of your budget is to travel in a group. The larger the group, the lower the cost per person. This is especially beneficial for solo travellers – consider joining one of our group tours for both companionship and savings. For more details, our travel consultants are just a message away.

Book Early

for the Best Rates

Early birds do get the best deals! To lock in the most favourable rates, we highly recommend contacting us at least one month prior to your intended departure date. This helps secure a better price and ensures a smoother planning process for your Tibetan adventure.

Tailored made Tours

Tailor-Made Tours: The Essence of Personalization

  1. Customized Itineraries: Tailor-made tours are our speciality. Craft a unique itinerary that matches your interests, pace, and travel dates. Explore Tibet your way, whether you’re a history buff, a nature lover, or an adventure seeker.
  2. Local Insights: Our travel consultants, with their deep local knowledge, can provide insights and suggestions to help you create the perfect journey.
  3. Flexibility: Choose when and where to start, where to go, and how long to stay at each destination. Flexibility is your best friend on a tailor-made tour.
  4. Private Guides: Enjoy the luxury of a personal guide who tailors the experience to your preferences. Dive deep into Tibetan culture and history with your dedicated expert.

Benefits of Tailor-Made Tours: Why Choose Personalization

  1. Exclusive Experiences: Tailor-made tours offer exclusive opportunities, from private audiences with monks to family dinners with locals. You’re not confined to a group schedule.
  2. Travel at Your Pace: Experience Tibet on your terms. Spend more time exploring a particular monastery, enjoying the serene beauty of a lake, or simply relaxing in a scenic spot.
  3. Local Cuisine: Tailor-made tours allow you to savour the authentic flavours of Tibet. Indulge in local cuisine at traditional restaurants, tailored to your taste.
  4. Avoid the Crowds: Smaller, tailor-made groups offer the advantage of experiencing Tibet’s treasures with fewer tourists around.


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Can I Cancel My Tailor-Made Tour?

Yes, you have the option to cancel your tailor-made tour. However, be aware that cancellation charges will be applied as per the Tour Tibet cancellation policy. For detailed information, please review our Terms and Conditions.

Can I Arrange My Tibet Tour on My Own? Is It Easier and Cheaper?

Arranging a Tibet tour independently is not possible due to the need for a Tibet Travel Permit. This permit is mandatory and must be obtained through a local travel agency authorized by the Tibet Tourist Bureau.

Can I Talk to a Travel Consultant in Person?

Absolutely! We encourage our clients to visit our office and discuss their travel plans directly with our travel consultants. Together, we can tailor your Tibet tour to fit your preferences and requirements.

How Can I Make the Payment?

Once you are happy with your tour arrangements and have confirmed your booking, a deposit of 20% of the total trip cost is required. This deposit can be paid through PayPal, Credit Card, Western Union, or Wire Transfer. The remaining balance is due at the start of your tour.

Do I Have to Travel on Certain Dates?

No, you don’t. Our tours are fully customizable, allowing you to choose any travel date that suits you (subject to flight availability). The itineraries on our website are samples, and you’re free to modify any aspect to match your personal preferences. Your travel consultant is here to assist and guide you through the process.

Do I Need to Travel as Part of a Group?

Not necessarily. Our tailor-made trips are designed on an individual basis, meaning you have the flexibility to plan your itinerary according to your own interests and pace. However, if you are interested in a group experience, we offer small group tours limited to a maximum of 16 people.

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